When 8 months pregnant Laci Peterson disappeared from her Modesto, California home on Christmas eve 2002, police didn't take long to turn their suspicions toward Laci's husband, Scott. He made it easy as we all learned of his incredible alibi, his mistress, and his overall lack of concern for his missing wife and unborn son. In this episode, we discuss the case, the conviction, and Scott Peterson's life on death row including recent appeals and online supporters.
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A chemical engineer with his own legal firm and a professor at the local college, Donnie Rudd was at the top of his game. He had everyone fooled by his public persona as an eccentric, charming, and successful attorney and family man.
Deorr Kunz Jr., 2 years old at the time, was reported missing by his parents on July 10, 2015. The toddler's parents, Jessica Mitchell and DeOrr Kunz, Sr., told authorities they believed DeOrr's great-grandfather was watching him at the Timber Creek Campgrounds outside remote Leadore, Idaho, while his great-grandfather believed the boy was down by the creek with his parents and the fourth adult on the trip, a friend of the great-grandfather.
The parents' separate 911 calls triggered an investigation that's left more questions than answers. Discrepancies quickly emerged in the accounts of the circumstances under which Deorr vanished. Inconsistencies in statements from the tot's parents became public; officials say both have failed multiple polygraph tests. Both Mitchell and Deorr Sr. were named suspects in the case in January.
The whereabouts of little DeOrr are a true mystery. Although a team of private investigators has pointed the finger of blame at the parents, an arrest has not been made. Join Dick and Jill at the quiet end of the bar for a thorough look at the events leading up to and following DeOrr's disappearance.
On May 6, 2013, Tim Bosma left his wife and young child to take two men on a test drive in his truck. He never returned. Days later, his charred remains were found in a livestock incinerator. Who would do this to this friendly, hard-working young father? What was the motive? Was it a car-jacking gone wrong?
The answers are even more shocking than the crime. The two men who answered Tim's online ad were thrill seekers with a plan to kill. Tim, a mere afterthought.
Join Jill and Dick as we investigate this rare and horrifying phenomenon of thrill killing, reveal the histories of the killers that led to this senseless crime, and honor the life and loss of Tim Bosma, a man in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Dick has selected a beer brewed by Brassiere Dieu du Ciel! A Montreal Brewery. He is drinking Peche Mortel (Mortal Sin), a world class Imperial Stout.
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Crystal Rogers, 35, was last seen playing games on her phone on the night of July 3, claims boyfriend Brooks Houck, who said the mother to his 2-year-old son was not at home when he woke up the next morning. Houck said he wasn't concerned because the couple has had a 'stressed relationship' at times and Crystal would sometimes 'cope or deal' by spending the night at her cousin Sabrina's house.
Crystal's family immediately knew that something was wrong and blamed Brooks for Crystal's disappearance.
It's been a year and a lot has happened, but we still don't know what happened to Crystal and her children are still without a mother. To her family's relief, Brooks has finally been named a suspect by the police.
Our Kentucky beer is MacFannybaw from Against the Grain Brewery. The Dick abides! Meet us at the quiet end of the bar!
11-year old Celina Cass was reported missing from her home in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire on July 26, 2011. Her body was found wrapped in a blanket six days later in the river about a half-mile from her home.
Her former stepfather, 52 year old Wendell Noyes, was arrested on June 20th of this year for her murder. Noyes did not enter a plea and there was no bail hearing. His defense attorney said she has concerns about his competency, saying that the same judge presiding over his arraignment found Noyes to be incompetent last fall. The murder case has subsequently been put on hold as an updated competency evaluation is pending.
Police say he killed 11-year-old Celina by submerging her body in the Connecticut River five years ago. His charge carries a possible life sentence. Investigators questioned him after the murder, but he was uncooperative. Days later, he checked himself into a mental hospital. Celina’s mother, Louisa Cass, has said she wants Noyes to “rot in hell,” and that she was upset it took so long for someone to be arrested.
“Finally after five years, we’re going to get justice,” Louisa Cass said. She said that Noyes had seemed like a loving and appropriate stepfather, but his behavior after Celina went missing made her begin to suspect him.
Jill and Dick take some time at the quiet end of the bar to learn more about Celina's life and why it was tragically cut short. A New Hampshire beer from Deciduous Brewing is shared!
The mysterious case of Lauren Spierer has haunted detectives in the charming college town of Bloomington, Indiana, since June 2011, when the Indiana University sophomore disappeared after a night of partying. Despite sustained national media attention and a steady flow of tips, the investigation has yet to result in a single arrest or any evidence of her fate.
From the beginning, the Lauren Spierer story had all the makings of a made-for-TV mystery: her distraught, determined parents making public pleas for information, the group of male friends who were with her the night she disappeared quickly lawyering up when they became persons of interest, and, of course, Lauren herself: a diminutive, blue-eyed blonde from New York’s wealthy Westchester County, practically embodied the “Missing White Woman” stereotype.
Dick and Jill work to move past rumors, innuendo, and judgement as they discuss the case of missing college student Lauren Spierer. Is there something to be learned from this and similar cases that can save other young women from similar fates? Grab a pint (or a snifter) and meet us at the quiet end of the bar.
Dick reviews Zombie Dust, an amazing Indiana beer!
Dan Broderick was one of California's most successful attorneys. His wife, Betty, was a beautiful socialite. But when Betty discovered Dan's hidden life, the façade of LaJolla's golden couple was shattered. What followed was a vicious five-year battle that finally ended in a shocking double-murder. Dan was a Harvard Law School graduate who, according to Betty, manipulated the law to strip Betty of everything she loved: her home, her friends--even her children. When she frantically tried to fight back, he had her committed to a mental hospital. Consumed by hatred and thoughts of revenge, Betty's rage exploded on the night of November 5, 1989. Before the sun rose the next day, Dan Broderick and his lovely new wife were dead--their bullet-riddled bodies wrapped in the blood-soaked sheets of their bed.
The prosecution claimed it was a clear a case of premeditated murder. Betty claimed she had gone over to the house to talk to Dan - or maybe to commit suicide in front of him - but when someone shouted, ‘Call the police’, she got flustered and started firing.
Betty Broderick was acquitted of first degree murder in her second trial but found guilty of second degree murder.
To some, Betty Broderick is virtually the patron saint of the sanctity of marriage, executing her abusive, cheating husband and his "nineteen year old college dropout of a Polack whore" (actually Linda was twenty-eight and a professional paralegal). To others, Dan Broderick suffered his wife’s abuse of him for fourteen years of marriage, left her well provided for and then married the love of his life, only to be continually stalked for seven years, and ultimately killed.
We will try to look at both sides of this case and discuss how a marriage can go so horrible wrong. If Betty were a man, there would be no question of her guilt. Did Betty use feminism and nationwide concerns of domestic abuse to build a cause for women scorned? Or, was she just a jealous, violent woman?
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After Susan Powell's disappearance in 2009, investigators' scrutiny extended not only to Josh Powell, but also to his father, Steven. Steven Powell was said to have become romantically obsessed with Susan. Computer images seized from his house in 2009 turned up 4,500 images of Susan Powell taken without her knowledge, including close-ups of specific body parts.
Josh Powell claimed that on the night Susan Powell vanished, he took his sons, Charlie and Braden, from their home in West Valley City, Utah, on a late-night camping trip. Authorities eventually searched the central Utah desert but found nothing. Susan Powell's father said that when police went to the family home after she was reported missing, they found a wet spot in the house being dried by two fans.
As the authorities honed in on Josh Powell as a suspect in his wife's disappearance, a mentally unhinged man became even more dangerous. At a scheduled visit with his sons, Josh Powell killed them both before taking his own life.
In a case steeped in depravity and deception, a family falls into darkness, leaving only sorrow and regrets for those left behind.
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Michele Harris' empty minivan was found the morning of Sept. 12, 2001, with the keys still in the ignition at the end of her and her husband's long driveway. Prosecutors argue Calvin Harris killed his 35-year-old wife when she came home the previous night to the secluded estate they still shared with their four young children. He was wealthy from his family's car dealerships and court papers say he told people she would not get half his business as divorce loomed. Defense lawyers claim authorities overlooked likely murder suspects she met during the freewheeling life she led as her marriage broke up. Prosecutors presented evidence of blood stains in the home but relied on a largely circumstantial case to convince a jury in 2007 that he was guilty of second-degree murder. That conviction was set aside when a new witness potentially helpful to the defense came forward. A second guilty verdict in 2009 was overturned based on trial-court errors. Jurors in the third trial last year failed to reach a verdict after 11 days of deliberations. The fourth time was the charm for Cal Harris when he was recently acquitted in his fourth trial. Join Jill and Dick for a discussion of this case. What happened to Michele? There are four children missing their mom. The beer on tap is Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms.
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On May 7, 2000, in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn in Jacksonville, Florida, 65-year-old Mary Ann Stephens is shot in the head. Ninety minutes later, 15-year-old Brenton Butler is arrested. For the investigators and the media it's just another messed-up youth throwing away his life and the life of his victim. The French documentary about the trial of a black American teenager accused of robbing and murdering an elderly white tourist follows the teen's defense team as they build a case that shows ineptitude and prejudice on the part of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
When the case for the defense comes into the hands of Patrick McGuinness and Ann Finnell of the public defenders office, the story ceases to be quite so ordinary. The boy proclaims his innocence. He has bruises on his face and thorax. He says that the detectives beat him up and forced a confession out of him. Everyone - police, media and public opinion - is ready to sentence Brenton Butler in advance, but Patrick McGuinness Ann Finnell begin a battle to restore their client's rights and to point an accusing finger at those he considers to be the real culprits: detectives Williams, Glover and Darnell.
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Elisa Lam went missing in January 2013. When her body was found in a water tank on the roof of the hotel where she was staying, the public was stunned and her family was devastated. We discuss this sad case and all of the speculation it has spawned. Dick's beer in Bastard's Midnight Brunch!
Nancy Cooper was killed at the age of 34. A young mother and avid runner, Nancy didn't return from a run one morning. She was found dead two days later. Her husband was tried for her murder, convicted, and won an appeal.
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What happened to 20 month old Ayla Reynolds? This is the most complex criminal investigation in Maine history.
Tammy Kingery was a 37 year old nurse and mother of three when she disappeared on September 20, 2014. Her family is doing all they can, along with the Edgefield County, South Carolina police, to find out what happened to Tammy. We examine every available detail on this case as we share some Brown Eyed Squirrel from RJ Rockers Brewing Company in South Carolina. The Dick abides!
Jill and Dick talk about the case of Maura Murray, a nursing student who disappeared on a New Hampshire road in 2004.
On the afternoon of February 9, before she left campus, Maura emailed her professors and work supervisor writing that she was taking a week off due to a death in the family. No one in her family has been able to confirm the family death.Police initially treated her case as a missing-person investigation as investigators thought at first that she wanted to disappear. This speculation was due to her travel preparations and no obvious evidence of foul play. Others believe she was abducted.
Maura Murray has not been found. New Hampshire authorities are handling it as a "suspicious" missing persons case. This case has been the subject of podcasts, documentaries, and a book, as it continues to fascinate and perplex us all.
At the time of this recording, it is Madeleine McCann’s 13th birthday. Since her disappearance in 2007, there have been investigations, searches, allegations, accusations, theories and rumors about what happened to Madeleine. We will examine this case from all angles and available sources to help understand what could have happened in Portugal in 2007 and what has been done since to solve this crime.
Jill and Dick discuss the death of Michele MacNeill, a Utah mother found unresponsive in her bathtub in 2007. The trial which convicted her husband is discussed.
The Staircase is a 10 part documentary film about the death of Kathleen Peterson and her husband’s trial for first degree murder.
Jill and Dick discuss this true crime in three parts, each with a great beer consumed and reviewed. Welcome to part 1 in this series!
The Michael Peterson trial takes an unexpected turn when his past in Germany comes back to haunt him. A German beer is in order!